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  1. 1. Modernizing Education The State of Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Lucy Gray Mannheim School District 83 August 12, 2013 1 Thank you for the invitation to speak to this audience today. My primary goal today will be to share some thoughts and ideas inspired by my work with a variety of institutions. Each one of you is or has the power to be an influencer or leader in your own buildings, and I hope you will think about how your school can incorporate some of these ideas and share innovations that perhaps you’ve already developed as a school community.
  2. 2. Blog (links  are  clickable) @elemenous  on  Twitter 2 All slides are available through these links. Please ask questions and share ideas and resources in our Edmodo group and on Twitter using the hashtag #innov8ED.
  3. 3. Welcome Back! 3
  4. 4. What did you do for fun? 4 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?> <poll url=""> <!-- This snippet was inserted via the PollEv Presenter app --> <!-- The presence of this snippet is used to indicate that a poll will be shown during the slideshow --> <!-- TIP: You can draw a solid, filled rectangle on your slide and the PollEv Presenter will automatically display your poll in that area. --> <!-- The PollEv Presenter app must also be running and logged in for this to work. --> <!-- To remove this, simply delete it from the notes yourself or use the PollEv Presenter to remove it for you. --> <title>What did you do for fun this summer?</title> </poll>
  5. 5. What did you learn? 5 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?> <poll url=""> <!-- This snippet was inserted via the PollEv Presenter app --> <!-- The presence of this snippet is used to indicate that a poll will be shown during the slideshow --> <!-- TIP: You can draw a solid, filled rectangle on your slide and the PollEv Presenter will automatically display your poll in that area. --> <!-- The PollEv Presenter app must also be running and logged in for this to work. --> <!-- To remove this, simply delete it from the notes yourself or use the PollEv Presenter to remove it for you. --> <title>What did you learn this summer?</title> </poll>
  6. 6. Not Everyone is Excited How can we personalize and differentiate learning for not only kids, but adults as well? 6
  7. 7. Technology is changing everything. 7 So let’s talk technology and its effect on our society...
  8. 8. Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago, IL 8 This is my church where technology is abundant in a new building.
  9. 9. 9 This is where Sunday school youth groups meet and play wii games in order to build community.
  10. 10. 10 The teen youth pastor uses technology to engage kids in discussions about real world events.
  11. 11. 11 He even uses Facebook to conduct outreach. Our pastor understand that he needs to go where the kids are and keep them connected to the church through multiple means.
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  13. 13. Comer Childrens Hospital University of Chicago 13 I’ve also seen technology used by child life experts in hospitals recently.
  14. 14. 14 In order to alleviate anxiety before an MRI, my son was soothed by this machine that used a Simon like interface to change the colors of this lava lamp machine. It also projected images on the ceiling.
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  16. 16. 16 The child life expert also gave him an iPad to use.
  17. 17. 17 Children’s Pediatric Dental Health, Chicago IL
  18. 18. Delta Terminal LGA, NYC 18 In your own backyard, technology is abundant. How many of you have gone through this terminal?
  19. 19. 19 You can order your food and sundries to be delivered to you in this lounge.
  20. 20. 20 You can check your flight’s status and play games while you pass time in the Delta terminal.
  21. 21. 21 There are also many tables with outlets for re-charging devices.
  22. 22. 22 Even the NFL is getting rid of paper and leveraging the portability of iPads.
  23. 23. #pencilchat 23
  24. 24. Ode to #Pencilchat 24
  25. 25. Technology is also connecting us. 25 Because of technology, we are all becoming increasingly connected, for better or for worse.
  26. 26. What is a PLN? 26
  27. 27. Parent Soup on AOL 27 In my case, it has enhanced my life.
  28. 28. 2006 28
  29. 29. Tim Lauer Lewis Elementary, Portland Oregon 29
  30. 30. Serendipity happens! 30 People and places I’ve met along the way have enhanced my work in ways that I never expected.
  31. 31. Advisor Content Developer Curator TrainerTeacher Connector 31 I wear many hats in my work with the Consortium for School Networking, Illinois Computing Educators, Edmodo, the Global Education Conference, the STEMx Global Education Conference etc.
  32. 32. Observer 32 More importantly, I am am an observer, visiting schools and interacting with educators from all over the world.
  33. 33. 33 I’ve traveled to a few countries and throughout the United States to work with educators and companies.
  34. 34. Experiences • Chicago Public Schools • University of Chicago • Apple Distinguished Educator • Google Certified Teacher • Founder, The Global Education Collaborative • Co-chair, The Global Education Conference • Co-chair, The Global STEMx Education Conference • Project Director, The Consortium For School Networking, Leadership For Mobile Learning • Multiple opportunities to visit and work with schools • Advising corporate entities 34 Here’s a list of some of the experiences that I bring to the table. While most educators are silo’d in their school buildings, I’ve been very fortunate to visit a wide variety of institutions. My favorite thing to do is to tell stories of the work and initiatives that I find inspiring.
  35. 35. Julia and Henry 35 My biggest inspirations, however, are my two children. I often think about how I (and their schools) are preparing them for a brave world. How can I nurture them to grow up to be innovators? I think here at the Avenues that question has been addressed very comprehensively.
  36. 36. Our perspectives need to E x p a n d 36 Because of my experiences, I feel that our perspectives need to expand. Continuous improvement is a worthy goal as we try to navigate educational change. I would argue that we need to get in front of the bus rather than be stuck coughing exhaust fumes.
  37. 37. Education is changing. 37
  38. 38. Are parents and educators asking for more high stakes testing, standardized curriculum, and seat time? I think not. 38 There seems to be a societal disconnect between the national narrative for educational improvement and what we know and desire based on our work with children.
  39. 39. This I Believe •Visionary Leadership •Empowered Faculty •Authentically Engaged Students •Progressive teaching and learning practices •Authentic school communities 39 Based on my travels and conversations, these are the things I believe in and want to see more of in our schools.
  40. 40. Schools where continuous improvement using a wide variety of criteria is the bottom line. Schools that see their role is to educate, enlighten, and support kids and their families. Schools where intellectual curiosity and variety is valued, where educating for compliance is not the norm. Visionary Leadership 40
  41. 41. Empowered Faculty Schools where teachers have strong backgrounds in pedagogy, child development and in meeting the needs of diverse learners. Schools faculty have ample opportunities to observe each other, visit other institutions, and to engage in activities to benefit their own learning. Schools where professional development is personalized and supportive of teachers. 41
  42. 42. Engaged Students Schools where student voice is taken into consideration throughout the school culture. Schools where students are encouraged to identify and pursue their passions. Schools that show evidence that their faculty really knows and understands their students. 42
  43. 43. Progressive Teaching and Learning Practices Schools that look beyond Common Core standards to prepare kids for a new world. Schools that provide ample opportunities for hands-on, project and passion-based learning during and after school. Schools that view technology as essential to the learning process and thoughtfully plan for integration. 43
  44. 44. Authentic Communities Schools where parents and students are authentically engaged in the community. Schools that provide a multitude of means for parents to get involved. Schools who encourage honest community dialogue by acknowledging their strengths and areas targeted for improvement. Schools that educate their parents and community members about what it means to be a 21st century learner. 44
  45. 45. “The Highly Connected Teacher” The National Educational Technology Plan 45 Highly connected teachers are connected to data, to resources, and to each other.
  46. 46. Connected Educator Month 46 Out of this interest in connections, CEM was born. It will take place this year in October. Free activities are available to educators from around the world.
  47. 47. ConnectED 47 This is the most recent initiative put forth by the Obama administration. Obama recently traveled to Mooresville NC to announce new efforts to upgrade connectivity, train teachers, and build on private-sector innovations.
  48. 48. New Roles for Students & Educators •Content consumers •Content Creators •Content Evaluators •Connected and Networked 48 Many of my peers in education are doing these things. I would argue that to be successful in our rapidly changing world, adults and kids must be proficient in creating and analyzing digital media in addition to learning to leverage learning networks.
  49. 49. The Power of Social Media Flickr YouTubeTwitter Facebook LinkedIn Google+ Diigo SlideShare 49 I’ve also added Pinterest to the mix:
  50. 50. EdSurge 50 EdSurge is an start up co-founded by a friend and their goal is to present information about the current ed tech bubble that is growing.
  51. 51. The New Media Consortium K-12 Horizon Report 2013 • 1 year or less • Cloud Computing • Mobile Learning • 2 to 3 years • Learning Analytics • Open Content • 4 to 5 years • 3D Printing • Virtual and Remote Laboratories 51 For additional verification on trends that are emerging in adoption horizons, please take a look at the 2013 K-12 Horizon Report. These recommendations come with concrete examples of how these technologies are manifested in education.
  52. 52. NMC Megatrends Business  models  across  the  education   ecosystem  are  changing.   52 Everyone is re-thinking their missions. Look to libraries, colleges, and the publishing industry.
  53. 53. Why change? 53
  54. 54. Why evolve? 54
  55. 55. Project Tomorrow Speak Up Survey 55
  56. 56. Project Tomorrow Recommendations • Un-tether learning and leverage mobile devices to extend learning beyond the school day and meet all learners in their own world • Create new interactive, participatory learning spaces using tools such as online classes, gaming and simulations, online tutors, and virtual reality environments • Incorporate Web 2.0 tools into daily instruction especially those that develop collaborative or social-based learning and provide unique opportunities for students to be content developers • Expand digital resources in the classroom to add context and relevancy to learning experiences through new media tools • Get beyond the classroom walls and make learning truly experiential such as using high tech science instrumentation and creating podcasts with content experts 56
  57. 57. Via John Pfluger 57
  58. 58. U.S Public Schools • Increased pressure via Race to the Top, AYP, RTI • Less funding • Less Time • Emphasis on standards and high stakes testing • Teacher proof curricula • Less instruction in the arts, world languages, etc. • Longer school days • Technology seen as a content delivery mechanism • Constant seeking of silver bullets 58
  59. 59. Independent Schools • Time • Resources • Streamlined bureaucracy • Organizational vision • Community Consensus • Administrative and collegial support • Authentic curriculum • Recognition of the Importance of 21st century skills • Professional development • Teacher autonomy • Prepared students • Commitment to developing the whole child • Parental support 59
  60. 60. What do effective schools seem to have in common? • A wide range of effort towards cultivating 21st century skills and implementing robust technology programs • Success depends on: • Visionary leadership • Strategic planning • Commitment to continuous improvement • The degree to which a school or district feels pressure to change by external factors 60
  61. 61. 2010 - The Key School Annapolis MD 61 So, let’s think about how your institution is going about grappling with educational change...
  62. 62. What do effective teachers do differently? 62
  63. 63. Examples of Innovative and Connected Schools 63
  64. 64. Mooresville Graded School District Mooresville, NC 64
  65. 65. The School at Columbia New York, NY • K-8 • Columbia University faculty and local kids • Innovation driven • 1 to 1 laptop program • 3 technologists plus tech staff • Extensive Google Apps for Education and new media use • Other: field trip guides, computer programming, robotics, conference 65
  66. 66. Known as “THE” 66
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  68. 68. 68 The School uses social media extensively throughout its school, providing real life digital citizenship experience for kids. They develop their own profiles and avatars in a school-run social network. These profiles are archived each year, so that everyone has a fresh start and numerous opportunities to practice the skill of establishing a digital footprint.
  69. 69. 69 They even create profiles for historical figures, and tag clouds allow them to see connections between real and historical figures in terms of interests.
  70. 70. 70 They use Google Sites for reviewing books and commenting on the reviews of others. It is organized by class so that you can see the reading habits of kids throughout their time at the School at Columbia.
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  72. 72. Tools  at  School 72
  73. 73. Don Buckley (former) DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION 73
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  77. 77. Spencer Technology Academy Chicago, IL • New Classrooms (School of One) • IPads • Gaming in PE Classes • Classes for Parents 77
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  85. 85. Science Leadership Academy Philadelphia, PA 85
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  87. 87. Educon 2.5 87
  88. 88. Burley School Chicago, IL 88
  89. 89. Jennie Magiera 89
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  91. 91. SAMR + Apps 91
  92. 92. #playdate13 92
  93. 93. EdCamps 93
  94. 94. New Tech High Napa, CA 94
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  100. 100. Mercy High School Farmington Hills, MI 100
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  103. 103. YOUMedia Chicago, IL 103
  104. 104. Maker • Make Magazine • Maker Faire • Maker Education 104
  105. 105. CoderDojo 105
  106. 106. Further Explorations 106
  107. 107. ISTE NETS Students, Teachers, and Administrators 107
  108. 108. Twitter Chats Future of Education Classroom 2.0 Classroom 2.0 Live Google in Education EdmodoCon 108
  109. 109. Moving Ideas Forward School and District Level • Work as a school to set goals and to develop a multi-year innovation plan that includes pilot programs. • Administrators can encourage experimentation by awarding small innovation grants. • Consider adding a Year of Innovation theme to your PD efforts (H/T to Don Buckley). • Attend and host EdCamps, Playdates and other informal unconference events. • Leverage informal learning opportunities. • Consider using after school time to experiment with Maker Spaces, Coderdojos, etc. 109
  110. 110. Moving Ideas Forward Classroom Level • Create and cultivate a classroom hub (Edmodo) • Pick one tool or resource for professional learning (Twitter chats) • Provide a window into your classroom for your parents (web page) 110
  111. 111. From my PLN to You From Jeanne Reed @jeannereed1 Try one new thing, get comfortable, and then try another. Always ask a friend/techie for help, rather than get frustrated. 111
  112. 112. From my PLN to You From Heather Barnard @chickadeeprints Do not be overwhelmed and shut down. Take it one step at a time. Make it a fun journey for you and your kids. 112
  113. 113. From my PLN to You From Katheryn Allen @KathrynELAllen Know your objective and select the tool that best fits your need. 113
  114. 114. From my PLN to You From Jeff Charbonneau (National Teacher of the Year!) @JeffCharbonneau Select tools after you have set the goal, then select the best tool, digital or non, for the job. Never choose the tool first! 114
  115. 115. From my PLN to You From Jose Popoff @JosePopoff Consider all you can, keep the good, discard the bad. We are all here to help. 115
  116. 116. We are all here to help! 116
  117. 117. @elemenous  on  Twitter   117